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8 Cold, Hard Truths About Exercise

It's Time for an Exercise in Tough Love


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This article is right on the money. It should be available as a printable, in point form for us to post on our fridge or at our desk at work. Don't let it discourage you, let it motivate you. And if you have medical problems and meds affect your abilities... always remember that you must work the hardest that YOU can do. If you are someone who can't do 60 minutes of exercise, then what is your max and work towards that. Always strive to do YOUR best, not someone else's best. Take charge of your life, and live it. Report
The most depressing SP article ever. Report
This article has been up several times, and every time I read it, all it does is discourages me. And I bet I'm not the only one. What if someone can't do 60 min. of exercise? What if someone is on a Beta Blocker (depresses the heart rate) and can't get their heart rate up because of the medication? What if someone has physical limitations? This article tells us to get over ourselves, suck it up, and move it. And since we can't, I guess we're just out of luck. Report
I am not sure I am on board with most of these especially as I had a paternal grandfather who was an ex lumberjack and farmer and was NEVER overweight and did NOT worry about what he ate (mind you he rarely ate junk food or fast food). Also I am not sure the whole story is being told when we now seem to eat more over processed and food that is of dubious nutritional benefit. Report
AWESOME article, really, really good. For some reason, reading that exercise will get easier but it will never be easy was just what I needed to hear today. It really built my self-esteem to realize that yes, darnit, I AM doing something hard. Every single point you made was golden. Thank you! Report
Learning to love the truth, even when it is hard. Some of these were hard facts to face, but I'm grateful to have this knowledge so I can attack the urge to skip a workout (like I almost talked myself into tonight). I appreciated your question about how do I reward myself. I'm slowly learning that to truly reward myself means to stay away from those "treats" I'd allow myself for having a great week. They've repeatedly left me feeling guilty and frustrated on a Monday morning. Report
It is hard sometimes to think I will always have to work harder but that is also part of the fun. I have found now if I don't exercise for a few days due to vacation or visiting that my body craves it. I really do enjoy it -- to a point :)
One of the things I don't like about SP is the exercise snobbery. It isn't exercise if it is not in a gym. If I go to the barn and shovel manure for 4 hours that is not exercise according to SP, but a leasurely walk down the street is exercise. And which one do you think is expending more effort an using more muscles? I count much of my farm work as exercise and it has not hurt my weigh loss at all, if I didn't I would be starving all the time. Report
Cold, hard truth. Thanks, Coach Nicole! Report
one of the better articles I have read here. Thanks for the reminders. Most of it I knew/had heard before, but it's always good to have a refresher :) Report
My body is very ironic. For about 5-6 weeks I thought I had hit a plateau. 1200 calories a day 3-5 on the elliptical 3-4 xs a week. Didn't lose any inches or pounds. Mind you I'm 5-3, 145 pounds, so you can imagine the frustration. Then, all of a sudden something sparked in me. Well maybe I'm not eating enough calories. Tested an increase of 100 calories daily until I saw a spike on the scale to my shock 1700 calories is just enough for me to shed half a pound a week plus I have one or two cheat days in a week.(Yes, pleasure meals). It seems counter intuitive, I do believe some people need exercise and a little bit more calories to lose. You don't want to shock your body. Your body will hold onto everything. I learned the hard way. I also have hashimotos. So without exercise I wont lose inches. It is a tuff battle. But I could have swore 1200 calories would be enough even on my sloth days. Turns out 1200 calories is for someone in a hospital bed. I can fare around 1300 calories on a lazy day. Report
Thank you for this intelligent article. I recently attended a YMCA program on fitness and they now use the physical activity. They are emphasizing just moving and getting up and doing something. I suppose that is for beginners, but this is a more reliable article and information. Report
I think the article made a great point about one workout per day does not makeup for living a sedentary life. It's too easy to say "Well I workout for ____ minutes today so I can lay around and watch TV the rest of the day (and night). An active lifestyle means getting up and moving every hour of the day. Report
I really appreciate this site with all these articles! I love being active but exercise is hard for me to not fall into a routine. I dance 1-2 times a week for about 3 hours each session but at the gym it is so easy to do the same thing over and over again! Some gyms I guess have more things, mine just has those cardio machines. So in this, I have to set my goals with dancing in order to push myself. Report
I found this article to be very helpful & actually wrote down the 8 truths! Now going on a 2 hr outdoor bike ride as it is a beyond beautiful day here in Omaha, NE (sunny, no wind, no humidity & 72 degrees for day's high)! Report

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